Matisyahu calls festival cancellation ‘appalling, offensive’

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. On his Facebook page Monday, a day after festival organizers announced that he was no longer invited to perform there, Matisyahu said the festival organizers had asked him “to write… Read More

Round 3 Witnesses testify to physical limitations of proposed Stevenson Chabad location

Attorney J. Carroll Holzer (standing) makes an argument against construction of a Chabad synagogue on the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. The hearing took place Aug. 12 in Towson.

The debate over a proposed Chabad Lubavitch synagogue in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road turned to focusing on limitations due to the property’s location during the third hearing on Aug. 12. Witnesses testified for more than four hours at the Office of Administrative Hearings in Towson about physical elements of the proposal that included… Read More

POW! BAM! SHABBAT! Beth Shalom, bar mitzvah await ‘super’ visit from DC Comics editor

Eli Kuperman will have his bar mitzvah on Sept. 5, the Saturday morning after the Superhero Shabbat event.

Beth Shalom Congregation is hosting a Superhero Shabbat on Sept. 4, inspired by the theme of Eli Kuperman’s bar mitzvah the next day, which will feature Robert “Bob” Greenberger, former “Star Trek” writer and editor/ publishing executive at DC Comics. “We were thinking about bar mitzvah themes and my first thought was sports, but it’s… Read More

Pearlstone Moves Kosher Certification to Orthodox Union

The Pearlstone Center announced that it moved its kosher certification from Star-K to the Orthodox Union, effective Aug. 3. “The move was made to enable Pearlstone to better fulfill its mission and serve its guests in providing the highest level of kashrut balanced with the flexibility to provide exciting and cutting-edge new services,” a news… Read More

A Man of Great Character Owings Mills’ Lenny ‘Batman’ Robinson, dedicated to brightening lives of sick children, dies in roadside crash

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Leonard “Lenny” Robinson, known to many as Batman due to his dedication to visiting hospitalized children while dressed as the superhero, died Aug. 16. He was 51. Robinson had stopped his car on the shoulder of Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Md., to check on apparent engine trouble, when a Toyota Camry hit his Lamborghini Batmobile,… Read More

Witness Dismantles Part of Opposition to Stevenson Chabad Cites regulations that appear to help rabbi

Rabbi Velvel Belinsky testifies on Aug. 5 at a Baltimore County Administrative Law hearing over his proposed synagogue.

During the second hearing over a proposed Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue, one witness may have refuted one of the two cases neighborhood opposition brought against the rabbi and his congregation. The issue in question is if Rabbi Velvel Belinsky’s plans are compatible with a nearly decade-old development plan that called for single-family homes to be built on… Read More

Mayor Meets with Jewish Community Northwest Baltimore residents talk of major safety concerns

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake meets with members of the 
Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore on Aug. 9.

Jewish residents in Northwest Baltimore voiced a need for additional resources to combat crime in a private meeting with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Sunday, Aug. 9. About 30 people gathered at the home of David and Malke Kramer for a discussion with the mayor and other local leaders about the recent increase in crime across the… Read More